Book: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…


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It was a truly mesmerizing piece – the book, I mean. Not Jace Wayland. Maybe. City of Bones is the first book of The Mortal Instruments series, and has surely lived up to its reputation. With Angels, Demons, Shadowhunters and Downworlders, this novel has created a fast-paced fantasy story that has moved many of the readers. Including me.

Clary was a mudane, or so she thought. Meeting Jace Wayland and his gang, Clary’s life altered significantly, and all she has known, her beliefs, her life, changed the second she see’s them slaughtering a demon at a club called Pandemonium. Clary finds out that all the stories are true, but  only really believes it when she see’s it for herself, after the kidnapping of  her mother, the only blood family she has. That was the event that pushed Clary on a road of pain, adventure, war, new friendships, and maybe, just maybe, a bit of romance, just so that she could find where her mother is. And it was all in the heart of the New York Institute.

City of Bones was one of the many books I’ve read in my lifetime, but I have to say that it is one of my favourites. All of it – the story, the plot, the characters – was written wonderfully, and, since the first words that has ever been written in the novel, it has driven me into the shadowhunter world, a world that I cannot get out of. Not that I wanted to.

The characters were written with the outlook on every-day people, and yet, they were something different – something extravagant. Personally, my favourite character in that book was Jace Wayland. He was the only one that didn’t seem too angry or outgoing or geeky (sorry Alec, Isabelle and Simon. I love you all). Jace was just a broken soul, and he seemed perfectly normal. Yes, he was fighting for his life, maybe a bit arrogant, and sarcastic, but he was the only one whose real intention was to just help. Help Clary, help Simon, help get back Clary’s mother, just help. And I loved that about him, that, despite all he has been through, he still found it in himself to be kind and to aid others, just so that they do not feel the same way in which he did.

The book, all of it was amazing, truly. But, come on. Don’t tell me that you’re favourite scene was not the greenhouse scene. Because that’s a lie. The greenhouse scene was the scene in which Jace opened himself up to Clary, let himself be free of the guilt and the sorrow, if only for a few seconds, that had been eating him up. That chapter of the book was amazing, and I re-read it like a hundred times just because of how well written and emotional it was.

Every bit of the book gripped me in and made me flip the pages. I didn’t want to stop. At all, and when I got to the end of the novel, I found that it had made me laugh and had made my heart clench ina way that I knew that once I started, I would never stop. And I never did. But, on the other hand, I didn’t really enjoy the scene where Jace listened to his father, Valentine Morgenstern, and obeyed him as if he were a slave. It didn’t seem like the Jace I knew. Yeah, it was a shock to him that his father was alive, but this kind of Jace was a bit confusing. It wasn’t like him at all.

City of Bones is a novel that will astound anyone that choses to read it, but I would recommend it to lovers of fantasy, especially YA fantasy, or Urban Fantasy, and especially YA Urban Fantasy. Those of you who have read Vampire Academy or Percy Jackson or a whole range of other fantasy books will most definitely enjoy this one. This novel can be read by those who are in middle school, if they want to challenge themselves, to high-schoolers and to young adults (obviously).

In conclusion, I would like to give this book a rating. I loved it, I truly have, and I would give it a…

4/5.

Love you Cassandra Clare.

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                                                                                        (Cassie)

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